Cheril Lee

Reporter/Anchor

My broadcasting career began in the most unlikely of places…Okinawa, Japan.  I was interviewed one afternoon while I was in college and, on a lark, I asked if the TV station needed any volunteers.  They said they could use a weather person who would stick around for at least six months.  Two auditions and one meeting later, I was in front of the cameras Monday through Friday night, giving the weather forecast for the island. 

Did I mention that FEN was the ONLY American TV station on the island?  Well, let’s just say that I got to know what being a celebrity was like, really quickly.  Since I was the only civilian on an all-military newscast, I stood out just a little bit.  It was one of the best times of my life and I worked with eight different news anchors.  This taught me that every broadcaster has a different way of approaching the craft. 

After Japan, I made my way back across the ocean, by way of plane, to the great state of Mississippi.  While there, I anchored daily newscasts at a local station, Northland Cable News.  The station was located in Starkville, the home of Mississippi State University.  While there, I got to attend football games in the press box, which was quite cool until the day they tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that cheering was not allowed in the press box.  Oops.  Again, I learned a little something about retaining one’s professionalism in every situation. 

While in Mississippi, I also made appearances on other TV stations’ breakfast and lunch time shows, usually talking to the hosts about various plays I was appearing in onstage.

My next broadcasting gig was right here in Omaha at KVNO, Classical 90.7 where I became the News Director in 2000.  I remember that my first day was right in the middle of a fund drive.  The Program Director asked me if I wanted to jump in and pitch and I thought, “What the heck is pitching?”  I deferred, telling him I’d participate in the next one.  And participate I did.  While I was there, I did more than 20 fund drives.  Additionally, I anchored several daily newscasts, wrote, produced and delivered the Arts at 8:30 and at the end, hosted a two-hour on-air shift in addition to my other duties.  I learned a lot about classical composers, including the correct pronunciation of Dvorak.

After a decade at KVNO, I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree at UNO, so I left the station to take classes.  But it wasn’t long before the siren song of public radio lured me back.  I started working for KIOS in January of 2010 as a news anchor, reporter and on-air host.  The Saturday morning programs are among my favorites and I love talking with listeners who are as passionate about public radio as I am.

When I’m not talking on the airwaves, I love to act in community theatre productions, rock out to concerts and write.  Traveling has always been a passion of mine.  I’ve been to several countries, including Italy, Japan, Albania, Slovenia, England and my personal favorite, Ireland.  Up next, are the Dominican Republic, France and Scotland. 

Ever the optimist, you will usually hear a smile in my voice when I’m hosting.  It is my goal to be good company as you move through your day.  

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Arts
4:39 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Temporary Public Art Exhibit Aims to Start Conversation About Respect

A new exhibit opening Sunday focuses on engaging the community in conversations concerning prejudice and stereotypes.

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General News
6:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

UNO's Community Engagement Center Officially Opens

Community Engagement Center, Courtesy of UNO

UNO’s new Community Engagement Center was completed in March and had its grand opening yesterday.

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Health/Medical
6:06 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Bed is Dead Campaign Aimed at Teen Girls

The Bed is Dead is a social-media based campaign focused on raising awareness among teenagers about the link between indoor tanning and malignant melanoma, the most dangerous of the skin cancers.

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General News
6:06 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Wildfire Danger Remains Constant in the State

Because Nebraska is still experiencing drought conditions, the danger of wildfires remains constant.

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Arts
6:06 am
Wed April 9, 2014

"The Muslims Are Coming" to Film Streams

Film Streams, in collaboration with Middle East Cultural and Educational Services of Omaha, is presenting a special screening of The Muslims Are Coming tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. 

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General News
6:06 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Relocating from the Sudan subject of Press Club

The challenges of relocating from the Sudan was the topic of last month’s Omaha Press Club Noon Forum.

Guests included Lacey Studnicka from Lutheran Family Services, the largest resettlement organization in the state of Nebraska, as well as refugees Christine Ross and Sabit Boules. 

Ross talked about issues facing women in the South Sudan community. 

Boules talked about the reasons why so many Sudanese refugees choose to live here.  He said more Sudanese live in Omaha than anywhere else in the world.

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General News
6:06 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The Nebraska Science Festival Returns

The 2nd annual Nebraska Science Festival runs April 24th through the 27th at various venues across the state.

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General News
6:06 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Loessfest 2014

Loessfest 2014 kicks off Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th.

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Arts
6:06 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Great Plains Theatre Conference Selects 2014 Playwrights

The Great Plains Theatre Conference recently announced its 2014 Mainstage and PlayLab playwright selections.

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